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Dutch combat vehicles will be equipped with MK7 tactical computers for almost 20 million euros over the next 30 months. Tactical computers are the basis for battlefield management systems (BMS). They manage the data from sensors and communication equipment and make them available at the various workplaces in the combat vehicle.

Elbit had presented its enhanced tactical computers (ETC) of the seventh generation at the Dutch defense fair of the Nederlandse Industrie voor Defensie en Veiligheid (NIDV).

The MK7 corresponds to the Generic Vehicular Architecture (GVA) of NATO. It is backwards compatible and contains powerful Commercial Of The Shelf (COTS) components such as the Intel i7 quad core processor and a solid-state drive. The new tactical computer has a 12.1 ”sun-readable LCD display, a high-resolution capacitive touchscreen, a GPS and a video recording function.

Similar to previous ETC generations, the ETC MK7 is designed for operation under harsh environmental and EMI (electromagnetic interference) conditions, fully complies with the MIL-STD-810G and MIL-STD-461E standards and has interfaces to analog and digital Radio systems.

The MK7 will replace the ETC that was introduced in the Netherlands more than ten years ago. The new ETCs offer expanded and more robust Command and Control (C2) and tactical computing capabilities, improved security for processing and storing secured mission information, and a solid growth path for expanded C2 applications.

It was only in mid-December 2020 that the Dutch procurement authority Defensie Materieel Organizatie (DMO) ordered PNR-1000 software-defined radios for data and voice connections from Elbit for 45 million euros. Modules for vehicle integration are also being procured for the portable digital radios. The radios have Blue Force Tracking to continuously display the positions of your own forces. The tactical computers described above support the operation of the radios.

Gerhard Heiming